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Why Become an Apprentice in the Fashion, Textile or Manufacturing Sector #NAW2023


Have you ever considered becoming an apprentice? Apprenticeships are a great way to kick-start your career in the fashion, textile and manufacturing industry.

An apprenticeship combines paid work with study and training. The apprentice receives training from all levels of the business and is coached by a senior employee, whilst working towards an industry recognised qualification. Whether you are just getting started or looking for a change, an apprenticeship will support you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in the fashion and textiles sector.

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

5 things to know about apprenticeships

  • They’re a great way to discover a sector you are interested in and to acquire in-demand skills
  • An apprentice typically earns an industry recognised qualification in 2 to 4 years
  • The apprentice has no student debt to worry about, as the training is funded by the government and the employer!
  • The apprentice must spend a minimum of 20% of their contracted hours in training
  •  Apprenticeships include paid employment and annual leave


There are different levels of apprenticeships

  • level 2 and 3: equivalent to GCSE and A level
  • level 4 and 5: equivalent to a foundation degree
  • level 6 and 7: equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree


Understand Levels

To become an apprentice, you must:

  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Not be in full-time education
  • Be based in England

Apprenticeships are also available for those based outside of England, in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.


Want to know about which apprenticeships are available in the fashion, textile and manufacturing sector? Click on the link below:


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